PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- St. Patrick's Day festivities are underway in Maine's largest city. The celebration of Irish and Celtic heritage is not reserved for one single day, but rather the entire weekend.
The 8th annual St. Patrick's Parade kicked off Sunday in honor of Ireland's Patron Saint and the Irish American community in Maine.
Pipe Bands, dignitaries and the flags of all the counties of Ireland were on display.
The parade route stretched from the Portland Fish Pier to the Maine State Pier. About .8 miles on Commercial Street.
During the parade, Transportation Security Administration officers were visibly guarding the parade route. An estimated 10,000 people attended the parade this year.
Members of the Maine Police Emerald Society marched for the 8th year in a row, saying that is part of their heritage, along with helping others.
"We have a fundraiser going for the Maine Children's Cancer Program at Maine Medical Center. We have a Gold Tournament this Spring for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. So we do a lot of fundraising for a lot of local charitable organizations and we get together in the spirit of fellowship," said Mike Nugent, who is a member of the Maine Police Emerald Society.
"And you like wearing kilts!" chimed in another member. "We look so good in kilts, you know," said Nugent.
St. Patrick Day Events:
- Ri Ra Portland Plunge @ 5:30 am to support Firefighters Children's Burns Foundation.
- Irish flag-raising over Portland at Harbor View Memorial Park @ 8:30 am. Meet at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Goodies to follow from 9 am to Noon.
- Brewer First Congregation Church Beef and cabbage dinner from 5:00-7:00 pm. Musician Jerry Hughes will entertain with Irish Folk music.